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One Man, One War, One Hundred Years
September 15 - December 30, 2018

Iowa artist Michael Wilson was inspired to create this body of work after finding World War I pictures and memorabilia of his beloved great-uncle Herb Thordsen, who served as a machine-gunner in the 321st Machine Gun Battalion. Timed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the November 11th, 1918 armistice (the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”), One distills the Great War down to the level of one man and the history he shared with his young great-nephew. More Info >>

If We Ran the Zoo: Animals in Children's Book Illustration
October 6, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Stories about animals have always been a staple of children’s literature. One of the earliest known books aimed at children, the 17th century publication Orbis sensualium pictus, taught children the alphabet by mimicking animal noises. This trope continued in the early- and mid-20th century, called the Golden Age of children’s book illustration. Drawn from the Zerzanek Collection of Original Art from Children's Literature on loan to the CRMA from the Cedar Rapids Public Library, If We Ran the Zoo looks at the various ways animals have shaped children’s literature, from simple science books to loyal pets to fantastical, talking companions. More Info >>

Terra Nova: Ten Years
November 3, 2018 - October 6, 2019

The CRMA celebrates ten years of collaborating with the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio. In 2009, the CRMA began meeting with artists who had completed residencies at the Ceramics Center and acquiring a piece of their work—often completed during their residency—for the Museum’s collection. This mutually beneficial arrangement allowed the artists to establish themselves in a museum collection and receive professional experience with curators while growing the CRMA’s collection of 3D art. The exhibition will display artwork from every resident from 2009 to 2018, a testament to the fruitfulness of this collaboration. More Info >>

Power and Protest: Political Photography and Prints
January 12 - April 28, 2019

American politics have been contentious for as long as America has existed. Drawn from the CRMA’s own collection of photographs and prints, Power and Protest celebrates the glossy official images of political power, the behind-the-scenes work to keep people there, and the demonstrations, marches, and rallies that spoke to that power. Power and Protest was designed as a complement to the John F. Kennedy exhibition and both emphasize the role art has had in shaping the political views of our nation. More Info >>

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
February 2 - May 12, 2019

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times brings together seventy-seven images culled from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives. The dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life is evident in these photographs—from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946, his fairytale marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, his run for the White House in 1960 and role as commander in chief, to the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. These images remain as vivid evidence of John Kennedy’s imprint upon the American conscience. More Info >>

Kick Up Your Heels: The Fine Art of Shoes
May 11 - September 1, 2019

The humble shoe, one of the most basic items of human clothing, has been the focus of some of the most outrageous fashion ideas. Inspired by the exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe from the Brooklyn Museum, Kick up Your Heels celebrates the unique design elements in contemporary women’s shoes. More Info >>

Into the Blue: Iowa Artists Juried
June 8 - September 15, 2019

A color-specific celebration of Iowa artists! Juried by CRMA Associate Curator Kate Kunau, Into the Blue draws work from artists all over the state of Iowa. The work on display must have been created within the last five years and blue must be the dominant color. Into the Blue celebrates the hue in both two and three-dimensional works across all media and examines how blue has been incredibly important to artists for centuries. More Info >>